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Homemade sourdough apple fritters made with yeast-risen dough folded together with juicy cinnamon apples are the ultimate fall treat!

Sourdough Apple Fritters

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Homemade sourdough apple fritters made with yeast-risen dough folded together with juicy cinnamon apples are the ultimate fall treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 15 fritters
Calories 369
Author Annalise


Sourdough batter:

  • 1 cup milk (250 ml)
  • 1/3 cup butter (68 grams)
  • Approximately 4 cups all-purpose flour (480 grams)
  • 1 packet Red Star Yeast Platinum Instant Sourdough (or 1 packet active-dry yeast)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil , for frying

Cinnamon apples:

  • 3 tablespoons butter (42 grams)
  • 4 cups apples , peeled, cored, and chopped small (about 4 medium apples)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Maple glaze:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar (640 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water (125 ml)


Prepare sourdough:

  • Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat until butter is melted. Let cool about 5 minutes (if mixture is steaming, it's too hot) until 120-130°F.
  • In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine 2 cups flour, Red Star Yeast Platinum Instant Sourdough, salt, and sugar.
  • Add warm milk mixture and eggs and mix until it forms a wet dough.
  • Add remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time while kneading on medium low speed until dough clears the sides of the bowl but still sticks slightly at the bottom. It should feel tacky to the touch. You may not need all 4 cups of the flour.
  • Continue to knead as needed until dough is smooth and elastic, and when pulled it should stretch for several inches before breaking. If it breaks sooner, keep kneading.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Gently punch down the dough and reshape into a ball. Let rest for about 10 minutes

Prepare cinnamon apples:

  • While dough is resting, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add apples, sugar and cinnamon and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes until apples are softened and juices are thickened. Set aside to cool slightly.

Assemble fritters

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a large rectangle (roughly 12x15 inches but no need to be exact.
  • Spread cinnamon apples over one half of the dough lengthwise, leaving a one inch border.
    Spreading apples over sourdough
  • Fold the other half of the dough over the apples. Use a bench scraper (or a pizza wheel) to cut the dough and apples in strips about 1 inch wide.
    cutting apple fritter dough
  • Cut the dough and apples again at a perpendicular or slanted angle. The goal is lots of uneven chunks of dough.
  • Gather the dough chunks and apples back into a row.
    apple fritter chunks ready to be shaped
  • Use the bench scraper to divide the row into 15 even portions. Use your hands to smash the dough and apples of each portion together so that it will all stick and hold (if they aren't stuck together, they'll come apart during frying). Flatten and shape into a disk. Place on sheet pans lined with parchment paper.
    Sourdough apple fritters ready for frying
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another 30 minutes.

Fry fritters:

  • While prepped fritters are rising, add vegetable oil to a heavy bottom pot to at least 3 inches deep. Insert candy/deep fry thermometer.
  • Set pot over medium high heat and heat to 375°F. This may take 15-20 minutes.
  • Once oil is hot, fry 2-3 fritters at a time (depending on size of pot) for a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
  • Remove fritters from oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to a sheet pan lined with paper towels.

Dip in glaze:

  • While oil is heating, prepare glaze.
  • Combine powdered sugar, maple syrup, salt, vanilla and boiling water in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • Dip warm fritters in glaze, flipping them over to make sure they are completely covered.
  • Transfer to a wire rack set over a sheet pan to set up.
  • Enjoy apple fritters while they are warm! And they are best the day they're made, but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg